Oklahoma Hunting Seasons, 2017-2018


Bag game large and small during Oklahoma hunting season. From antelope and deer to bear and small game, hunters will find variety in the state’s woods.

Hunting licenses are available for resident and nonresidents. Licenses can be purchased from a license agent or through the natural resources website. Oklahoma has had great success with their conservation program. Since 1900, the White-Tailed Deer population has grown from 500,000 to over 32 Million. In the same time period, the wild turkey population has grown from 100,000 to 7 Million.

An online check-in system allows Oklahoma hunters to report their game bags easily. Check-ins for deer, elk and turkey are all accepted through the Department of Wildlife Conservation’s website.

Oklahoma provides several options for hunting space. The Department of Wildlife Conservation manages and operates more than 1.6 million acres of public use land. These Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) include private properties that land owners have agreed to allow public hunting on.

Deer Seasons

Archery Oct. 1-Jan. 15
Youth Hunt Firearm Oct. 20-22
Muzzleloader Oct. 28-Nov. 5
Firearm Nov. 18-Dec. 3
Holiday Antlerless Firearm Dec. 22-31

*Antlered and antlerless harvest days vary by zone.


Antelope Seasons

Archery Oct. 1-14
Firearms Sept. 7-Jan. 15*

*Hunting dates vary by region, hunting on public or private land, and animal gender

Bear Seasons

Archery Oct. 1-15
Muzzleloader Oct. 28-Nov. 5

*Bear season may close earlier than suggested dates if harvested quota has been met before Nov. 1.

Wild Turkey Seasons

Fall Turkey, Archery Oct. 1-Jan. 15
Fall Turkey, Firearms Nov. 4-17
Spring Turkey, General Season Apr. 23-May 6
Spring Turkey, Youth Hunt Mar. 31-Apr. 1
Apr. 21-22

Small Game Seasons

Crow Oct. 10-Nov. 16
Dec. 9-Mar. 4
Pheasant Dec. 1-Jan. 31
Quail Nov. 11-Feb. 15
Cottontail/Swamp/Jack Rabbits Oct. 1-Mar. 15
Squirrel May 15-Jan. 31

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Oklahoma hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation website.